A Classic Roofing Option
Drive through most any neighborhood, and you’ll notice that asphalt shingle roofs dominate the marketplace. There are three main types of asphalt shingle roofs: dimensional, luxury, and 3-tab. Dimensional shingles provide an attractive random pattern while luxury shingles are made to look like slate and are larger than other asphalt shingles. Three-tab shingles lay flat and have three tabs on each shingle strip. While 3-tab used to be the most popular, dimensional shingles are quickly becoming a leader. Dimensional roofs can go for about 30 years, and under the right conditions, luxury roofs can last half a century. Three-tab shingle roofs have the shortest lifespan at about 25 years.
Roofing Formula LLC repairs and replaces asphalt shingle roof installations in Kirkland, WA, and the surrounding cities. We also offer many other types of roofs and roofing services throughout the Seattle metropolitan area, so call (425) 207-6016 to learn more about our services.
Getting the Most Out of Your Asphalt Shingle Roof
Having your roof regularly inspected and maintained is vital if you want it to reach its expected lifespan. Also, keeping your asphalt shingles free of wet debris (like leaves and pinestraw) can help preserve your roof. Gutters direct water off and away from the roof, so keeping them clean is necessary if you want your roof to drain properly.
While you’re cleaning your gutters, you may notice granules in the bottom. Granules are added to asphalt shingle roofs to protect against UV radiation and to act as a fire retardant. Long-term, uniform granule loss is pretty common with asphalt shingle roofs. In fact, washing a new asphalt roof will cause a lot of granules to fall off. However, if your roof is older, walking your roof or calling a professional for an inspection can let you in on the extent of your granule loss.
Time for a New Roof?
If your roof inspector notices shingles where almost all the granules are missing, those shingles will need to be replaced. These tiny pieces add a layer of protection, and without them, your shingle is left exposed and can rapidly deteriorate. In addition to granule loss, interior water damage and visible leaks may mean that it’s time to repair or replace your roof. Curly, mossy, or missing shingles, and damage around chimneys or skylights can all hint at the need for a new asphalt shingle roof installation in Kirkland, WA.
Asphalt shingle roofs come in dozens of colors, shapes, and designs and can match many kinds of architectural designs. They are affordable, and the shortest lived 3-tab variety can hold fast for up to 25 years. The roofers at Roofing Formula LLC have more than 15 years of experience installing and repairing asphalt shingle roofs around Seattle, WA, and can help you keep your roof looking and acting right. Call us at (425) 207-6016 today.